As much as I adore classics like A Christmas Carol (and holiday romances as well!), my all-time favourite Christmas book has to be How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss. Like Scrooge, the curmudgeonly Grinch has become a symbol of the transformative power of the Christmas spirit. Since it was first published in 1957, it’s been an essential traditional holiday read for generations of children (and adults). I read it to my oldest daughter so many times in years past, I almost had it memorized.
My affection for the story began in my childhood, when everything about Christmas was magical. The Grinch hated everything I loved about the holiday – the presents, the food, the decorations. But like any good villain, he had a certain charm; there was a mischievous appeal to his evil plotting, and Dr. Seuss’ unique poetic style made the story enchanting and memorable.
The book’s message is a simple one, reminding us that “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!” During a season when it’s easy to get caught up in stockpiling presents, the Grinch reminds us that spreading cheer among family and friends is what really matters.
What’s your favourite Christmas book?